"Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". In the Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions, their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. ......These mandalas, concentric diagrams, have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices."
The idea of building some sort of mandalas has fascinated me for decades and it was only recently* in Asia that it occurred to me to create some. My idea was to move the lights i had captured in my photos onto more of an abstract spiritual representation of energy. Not so much planning or thought was involved just experimentation leading me.
The technique to create them is nothing new although i did manipulate the majority of the images even further after using the simple photoshop effect.
My mandalas were created from various photographs taken at night from city street lights car lights ext. Although the majority right now derive from various nightlife photos of Asia i am sure this might change as time moves on. Some of the original images will appear on another gallery called "Lights Abstract Asia"
*The majority of these electric mandalas were inspired by my 8 month trip in 2010 across several Asian countries